Which win was more impressive? 21 year old Mike Tyson over Michael Spinks or Barrera over Naseem?

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  1. Tyson over Spinks

    39 vote(s)
  2. Barrera over Naseem

    10 vote(s)
  1. Fogger

    Fogger Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 9, 2021
    The way Tyson won was certainly more impressive than Barrera's win but Barrera beating a big favorite is more impressive than Tyson beating a big underdog. It just depends how you look at it.
  2. chacal

    chacal F*** the new normal Full Member

    Jun 21, 2015
    barreara vs hamed was not impressive at all. It only proved that hamed was not at the same level barrera (and top fighters) was. Only fanboys thought that hamed was elite, his CV is pitiful. He was really tested only once, and he got ****ed and retired. Ridiculous.

    It happened that it was barrera who kicked his ass, but it could have been morales, or any other world top fighter. Overrated is not enough to define hamed.
  3. divac

    divac Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 24, 2004
    A win over an aging Holmes, and I thought Spinks lost the second Holmes fight, and a win over a well past it Gerry Cooney, does'nt make Spinks a real Heavyweight.
    Spinks neither had the footspeed or enough power in his punches to keep Tyson at distance so he was doomed going into that fight.

    Though Spinks is a much better fighter than Hamed, Barrera was going up in weight to face an athletic punch at all angles destroyer in Hamed.
    Hamed was much more dangerous to Barrera than Spinks was to Tyson in that Hamed held most if not all the physical advantages over Barrera than Spinks did'nt over Tyson.

    To me Barrera beating Hamed was the better win.
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  4. divac

    divac Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 24, 2004
    I agree with you, any of the other elites around the featherweight division would have handled Hamed, like Marquez, Morales, and Pacquiao.
    But the way I look at it, because of Hamed's lack of real boxing skill, he succumbs to the elite fighters but beats everyone just below that level just on his physical attributes alone. Hamed had just enough boxing skill to overcome over the hill fighters like Wilfredo Vazquez and Wayne McCollough. Manuel Medina was was a very good skill fighter but lacked speed and punching power.
    Kevin Kelley was a good win for Hamed, but Kelley also was one of those fighters that fell just short of being elite, but those were still good wins for Hamed at 126 lbs.
    Spinks never faced the real contenders at Heavyweight aside from having beating Holmes which turned out to be a good style matchup for Spinks in that Holmes no longer had the footspeed to cutoff the ring on a circling Spinks.
    For me to give the Tyson victory over Spinks more validity, I would have liked to have seen Spinks at Heavyweight over other top contenders at that weight.
  5. Rollin

    Rollin Active Member Full Member

    Nov 17, 2021
    You could make an argument that Spinks threw the fight for an easy retirement money. Then again, Tyson's reputation made him toss the fight wishing he will get out of the game alive.
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  6. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Naseem was the Mike Tyson of his division and Barrera took him to the cleaners. Spinks was really a fighter made for a lighter division
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  7. Joe Davies

    Joe Davies New Member Full Member

    Nov 6, 2022
    Tyson, easily. He didn't just beat Spinks, he took a piece of his soul.
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  8. Richmondpete

    Richmondpete Real fighters do road work Full Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    MAB over Hamed was a solid win but not a signature win even though it was the more entertaining beat down. Hamed was not a proven elite fighter Spinks was
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  9. Greg Price99

    Greg Price99 Active Member Full Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    Barrera's win, because Hamed was a better FW than Spinks was HW.
  10. Maidanas Gun Tattoo

    Maidanas Gun Tattoo Active Member Full Member

    Sep 29, 2017
    Was Morales Pac1 not a great fight because it wasn’t for a title?
  11. GGGfans

    GGGfans Active Member Full Member

    Dec 27, 2017
    To be precise Barrera should have had the WBC title but he had turned it down.
  12. techks

    techks ATG list Killah! Full Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Tyson retired that man and I think ppl take Spinks for granted at the weight bcuz of Tyson which isn't fair. Very few ppl r beating that version of Tyson. Spinks was more proven with better wins than Hamed not even including his light heavyweight reign. Idc if its just the Holmes wins either they're still more significant. Tbh, the gap between Hamed n Barrera is far wider than the gap between Tyson n Spinks too.
  13. Guerra

    Guerra Active Member Full Member

    May 23, 2020
    I feel Barrera's win has aged worse. Especially when you compare it to morales vs Pac for example.

    But Nas was a great win for Barrera.
  14. ForemanJab

    ForemanJab Boxing Junkie Full Member

    May 8, 2014
    Tyson vs Spinks. Naz vs Barrera went 12 and was a near even fight going into the 8th round.
  15. mark ant

    mark ant Ass isn't a banned word Full Member

    May 4, 2017
    No, because the gap between Tyson and Naz p4p was huge.